NBC: 'ice skating is a form of transportation in Amsterdam'

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Postby Benjamin » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:20 pm

NBC’s Katie Couric is in hot water with the Dutch, who really don’t skate everywhere

It takes a lot to anger the Dutch, but NBC’s Katie Couric managed to strike a nerve over comments she made during the Opening Ceremonies.

Now, most people just watch the color and pageantry rather than focusing on the announcers, but Couric’s reasoning for why the Netherlands is so dominant in speedskating stopped everyone. Couric mentioned Amsterdam’s canals and pointed out that skating is “an important mode of transportation” when the canals freeze over.

“It is probably not a news flash to tell you the Dutch are really, really good at speedskating,” she said. “All but five of the 110 medals they’ve won have been on the speedskating oval. Now, ‘Why are they so good?’ you may be asking yourselves. Because skating is an important mode of transportation in a city like Amsterdam which sits at sea level. As you all know, it has lots of canals that can freeze in the winters. So, for as long as those canals have existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place, to race each other, and also to have fun.”

Hey, at least she knows they don’t all wear wooden shoes.

Dutch people, you see, have feet upon which to walk, bikes on which to ride and cars to drive. Which is good because the canals do not freeze that frequently. Viewers — Dutch and otherwise — let Couric have it, responding hilariously to a tweet by Jos Duijvestein, whose Twitter bio describes him as “Dutch!! Living in Canada. Photographer, motorcyclist, avid reader, animal lover and married to the best lady in the world for 25+ years.”
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Postby Benjamin » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:23 pm

I laughed so hard. She's being mocked on Twitter:





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Postby flopho » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:25 pm

^ :lol: :lol:
Well, at least not as embarrassing as what Bill O'Reilly had to say about Amsterdam.
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Postby thankfulforkelly » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:28 pm

Dddd Benny get that twitter promo I see you
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Postby Biebz » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:29 pm

Slow news day...
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Postby Benjamin » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:29 pm

thankfulforkelly wrote:Dddd Benny get that twitter promo I see you
Hahaha I thought it was quite a funny gif.
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Postby Spartan » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:41 pm

Oh Katie. :lol:
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Postby Benjamin » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:12 pm

flopho wrote:^ :lol: :lol:
Well, at least not as embarrassing as what Bill O'Reilly had to say about Amsterdam.
Don’t get me started on that clown :lol:
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Postby Jesper » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:22 pm

I screamed so hard, I can’t even Ice skate, i would have been lost according to NBC :lol:
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Postby LittleLinda » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:54 pm

I don't understand why so many Americans keep making random sh** up about European countries. Do they just pull that stuff out of their bums, because they feel the need to say something, or do they honestly believe those stories because they picked them up somewhere else (which begs the question: Where??)? It's a mystery to me.
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Postby Colbie » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:21 am

Haha maybe it used to be more like this wayyyy back, but now it doesnt freeze enough anymore to have ice! :lol: :lol:
Wish it would freeze a bit more so i could actualy ice skate though :lol:

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Postby heppolo » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:55 pm

I think it was just a bad joke
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Postby Benjamin » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:20 pm

heppolo wrote:I think it was just a bad joke
Haha but it really wasn't though :lol:
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Postby heppolo » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:07 pm

Benjamin wrote:
heppolo wrote:I think it was just a bad joke
Haha but it really wasn't though :lol:
Maybe Katie just needs to work on her timing and delivery :lol:
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Postby KEY9481 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:19 pm

To me, the worst in this situation is the people watching NBC and actually believing this piece of "information".
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Postby Goldmoney » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:22 pm

thankfulforkelly wrote:Dddd Benny get that twitter promo I see you
:lol: Get those 15 seconds boo!
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Postby Benjamin » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:03 am



:lol:
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Postby Colbie » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:05 pm

"On thin ice" :lol: nice play of words Katie!
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Postby Serby » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:12 pm

Seems like she really was joking. :lol:
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